Sue Collins

Sue Collins

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  • Associate Professor of Communication, Culture, & Media, Humanities
  • Director of CCM (Communication, Culture, & Media), Humanities
  • PhD, New York University

Biography

Dr. Sue Collins's research interests include media and cultural history, political economy of media industries and popular culture, and critical cultural policy studies. Her book manuscript, Calling All Stars: Hollywood, Cultural Labor, & the Politics of Authority During World War I,  focuses on a decisive moment in celebrity’s development as a form of political authority--when government officials recruited the commercial film industry and its stars to endorse war mobilization. It argues that the film stars' participation in the propaganda campaign represented a new manner of linking state policy with cultural activities in the regulation of unified national identity. Dr. Collins directed the fall 2018 community-wide project, World War I & the Copper Country (funded, in part, by the Michigan Humanities Council). She was a recipient of the 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute fellowship, World War I and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche. With Drs. Patty Sotirin and Steve Walton, she is a co-editor and author contributor for the book, Home Front in the American Heartland: Local Experiences and Legacies of World War I (Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming 2020). She has published her work in Television & New Media, Film History, Cinema Journal, and in book chapters on celebrity and activism, war and propaganda, and film history.

She teaches such courses as Popular Culture, Media Industries, Globalization & Media, Media & Society, and Environmental Communication (starting fall 2020), as well as graduate courses in communication, cultural studies, and media studies in the Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program.

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